Zoe Lipke is a senior who has devoted her life to athletics. She is committed to playing both basketball and soccer next year at Wheaten College in Illinois. The two-time captain for the girls varsity basketball team was named All-Conference last season. Zoe played for Michigan Basketball Academy during her summers. Zoe has never played soccer for the school, but her performances on her club team, Midwest United FC, landed her a rare opportunity to play both basketball and soccer in college.
What made you decide to attend Wheaten College?
“I picked Wheaton for so many reasons. The coaches are all amazing and very willing to work with me to help me pursue both sports. All of the people there are so amazing and welcoming, and the second I got to campus, I knew that was where I needed to go.”
If you were to choose one sport, what would it be?
“Honestly I don’t think I could pick just one sport, which is why I wanted to try and play both. I’ve been playing both soccer and basketball since I was 4, and they are both too big a part of my life to give up.”
What will you miss most about high school athletics?
“My coaches, without a doubt. The basketball coaches here at FHC have been a part of my life since I was in sixth grade. They are like family to me and have helped me to become the player I am. I will also miss the teammates I have been with for so long. Leaving Theryn [Hallock] and Remmie [Ingraham] behind will be so hard because I have been with them for so long at both MBA and FHC.”
What advice would you give to the younger generations in Forest Hills Central athletics?
“Enjoy every second that you get to play as a Ranger. These past four years flew by, and I would do anything to go back to freshman year.”
How will you handle being a dual-sport athlete in college?
“I’m so excited to be a dual-sport athlete. It will definitely be hard, but the coaching staff at Wheaton are all so willing to help this all workout. They have been in communication with each other too, and I know they will be so helpful along the way.”